The Beatles first meeting with George Martin was on June 6th, 1962. They liked each other from the start and got along fine. George chose some songs from Brian´s list, among them "Love Me Do", it must have been an early version or it´d have made a stronger impression on George. But he liked their sound and personality. He thought he couldn´t have anything to loose by giving them a record deal.
So on September 11th, 1962 they went to London to make their first English single; "Love Me Do", with "PS I Love You" as the B-side. When George heard that they´d gotten a new drummer instead of Pete Best he got worried. He had a backup drummer waiting backstage, Brian knew this, but not Ringo.
It was their first recording togeather and Ringo was very nervous. They started with
"Love Me Do", and had to play it seventeen times before George Martin was satisfied. When
they came to the next song there was another drummer on Ringo´s drums and Ringo just got
to play the maracas. Then they decided to re-do the first song and Ringo wasn´t allowed to
play the drums now either. It was just as he´d been told, other musicians made the record for
you, Ringo thought. But when the record was released on October 4th they´d decided to stick
with the first version of "Love Me Do" with Ringo as the drummer.